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Travelex falls victim to “Sodinokibi” Ransomware

The list of ransomware victims continues to grow. On New Year’s Eve 2020, Travelex, an international foreign exchange company, disclosed that it was struck by the “Sodinokibi” ransomware strain. Also known as REvil, Sodinokibi ransomware prevents users from accessing their computer data by encrypting it behind a ransomwall. The ransom demand for Travelex was $6M…
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Ransomware Attack Temporarily Shuts Down The Heritage Company

The Heritage Company has temporarily shut down its operations due to a ransomware attack. In December of last year, CEO Sandra Franecke announced to the company’s 300 employees that the company had not fully restored its systems following a ransomware attack that October. As a result of the attack, the company would be temporarily suspending…
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Microsoft Urges Users To Patch Windows To Defend Against BlueKeep Exploits

To protect yourself from ongoing BlueKeep exploit attacks, Microsoft urges users with systems running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 to update their operating systems. BlueKeep is a vulnerability with the ‘worm’ capability. This means that the malware can spread itself to other vulnerable computers on the network without additional input…
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3rd Party Programs: Are They Cybersecurity Weakpoints?

Almost 400 dental offices were infected with ransomware in a cyberattack this August. The computers became infected after DDS Safe, a 3rd party cloud backup software that all the affected offices were using, was compromised. The software was developed by Dental Technology Company PerCSoft. Affected offices had their computer files encrypted behind ransomwalls. On August…
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22 Governments in Texas Hit By First Coordinated Ransomware Attack

On August 16th, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) stated that 22 local Texan governments were simultaneously hit by coordinated ransomware attacks. They also stated that most of the victims were small-sized local governments. While government-targeted ransomware attacks are not new, this is the first incident of this scale and level of coordination. According…
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Cyberattackers Are Targeting IOT Devices: How Do You Defend Yourself?

A new threat group, called “STRONTIUM”, was recently discovered by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC). In April 2019, this cyberthreat infiltrated private company networks through 3 different IoT devices – a VoIP phone, printer, and video decoder. The Microsoft researchers reported that the devices were compromised as a result of the devices running out-of-date…
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A Windows BlueKeep Exploit Is Now Commercially Available

Immunity Inc., an IT security consulting company, announced that a BlueKeep Exploit will now be included in CANVAS – the company’s commercially available security penetration-testing tool. BlueKeep is a security vulnerability that affects Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008. Also known as CVE-2019-0708, the flaw allows attackers…
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Debt-Collector Firm Files For Bankruptcy Following Data Breach Costing Millions

New York-based debt collection company Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, Inc. has filed for bankruptcy due to a massive data breach. Following the leak, the legal obligation on the company to notify the 7 million affected by the data breach cost it $3.8 million. Another $400 000 was also spent on external IT consultants to determine the…
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IT Services Company HCL Suffers Data-Leak, Quickly Recovers

HCL, a multibillion dollar company with over 100 000 employees, has suffered a data leak of sensitive customer and employee information. The leak was discovered on May 1st 2019 by a research team in UpGuard. Information that was leaked included employee information, customer information, and company project details. For employees of the company, names, IDs,…
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Why you should avoid SMBv1 in 2019

A server computer acts as a central hub to any organization’s IT infrastructure. It is the core that all other computers are connected to, and stores and shares information among them. Much like personal computers, servers rely on operating systems and programs to carry out their functions. One of such software, called SMBv1, has been…
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